oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - At the heart of society
David Orr, the 143rd president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), on 6 November 2007 delivered his presidential address 'At the Heart of Society', which put forward his 'vision for civil engineers as people acclaimed for merit, people at the heart of society'. David argued that to achieve this, each of us must stand up for the value of civil engineering; stand up for the highest professional standards; stand up for excellence in procurement; and stand up for the unsung heroes of our profession. David is the Director of Central Procurement in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, where he leads the procurement of construction works, supplies and services. The 'excellence in procurement' portion of his address is very pertinent to South Africa and is reproduced here
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